Cheap Parts Don’t Cut It and Warranties Matter

At Monument Street Auto Center in Baltimore, MD, we’re in the business of quality. Quality work, quality parts, and quality service keep a business going. Here is a quick rundown on why it’s important to install components that will perform reliably, and keep you taken care of in the event that they don’t.

Why It Pays to Pay For Quality - When a problem arises, it’s always tempting to save some money by cruising for a deal on parts. You may wonder why that alternator you were quoted is twice as much as the ones you saw online - they look exactly the same. The problem is, they aren’t. When it comes to this example, a shocking number of brand new alternators are bad out of the box - they don’t charge, they don’t last, or the bearings whine loudly as soon as they are installed. What that means for you is wasted money on a part, and paid labor on a job that has to be done twice. There are other factors to consider as well. A timing set from the dealer or a good aftermarket manufacturer might cost 250 dollars, but there are plenty out there for 100. The issue starts with the quality of the parts - bearings that aren’t up to spec, materials that aren’t as durable, hydraulics that aren’t properly machined or assembled, and so on. This is already an expensive and extensive operation, given the amount of time it takes, but the trouble doesn’t stop there. If one of those components fails, it can cause all sorts of issues - metal can fall into the oil, which will ruin your entire engine in short order. If the timing chain jumps or detaches altogether, valves, and pistons will collide, causing catastrophic failure in an instant. When it comes down to it, a cheap part in the wrong place can easily cost you an engine. 

Warranties Are Important - Cars, trucks, and SUVs are incredibly complicated machines. Sometimes, even the best part will have issues, and problems will arise even among the most diligent and meticulous work. When you go for quality, warrantied work and components, you’re already getting something less likely to fail. But in addition to that, you’re getting something people are willing to stand behind; a promise that this is quality, and if there is an issue, it will be fixed. One can’t work without the other - quality parts can only be guaranteed by quality work, and quality work can only be guaranteed by quality parts. A perfect job is only as good as the parts used to complete it, and the parts used to complete a job are only as good as the care taken on the installation.

Don’t Compromise - It can be discouraging to see how much cheaper a part is online and to be told by a shop that they won’t install or guarantee parts that a customer brings in. At Monument Street Auto Center we spend a lot of time verifying quality components and choosing parts that we know will work. If something is junk, we can’t put our name on it, let alone guarantee it, and we don’t want you stuck without a vehicle and out a lot of money. At the end of the day, poor quality doesn’t work in anyone’s favor. No matter your repair or maintenance needs, we have the quality performance you’re vehicle needs. For the best automotive service shop in Baltimore, MD, call or stop by Monument Street Auto Center today.



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